The University of the District Columbia Charter PsySSR Chapter

PsySRCelebrating 10 Years Working for Peace and Social Justice (2002-2012)


We, Psychology Students for Social Responsibility of the University of the District of Columbia, strive to serve our communities, uphold social justice, and be morally responsible for promoting peace within our communities and around the world. We strive for positive freedom and productive orientation, whereby through positive activities, people can solve their basic dilemma, which is to unite with the world and with others while retaining uniqueness and individuality. We long to transcend discrimination and poverty, and to build a global village. In striving for success, we move beyond all personal goals and work for the success of all mankind.


Psychology Students for Social Responsibility (PsySSR) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the first student chapter in the nation of our international organization, Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR, In rhythm with our parent body, we are devoted to the use of psychological knowledge to create cultures of peace with social justice. Students of any discipline who are interested in issues of peace and justice are welcome to join us. The PsySSR-UDC Charter Chapter was established in 2002 and has provided meaningful services to the university, to the broader District of Columbia community, and to our national organization for ten years. We are commemorating our Ten Year Anniversary this year, in 2012.

In Praise of Our Officers, Current, Future, and Past

2011-2012 Officers
President:   Justin Williams
Secretary:   Kie’Arra Pretlow
Treasurer:   Muluken Woldesenbet
Public Relations and IT:   Tranesha Christie

PsySR2012-2013 NEW Officers-Elect
President:   Victor Benitez
Vice-President:   Kiara Streater
Secretary:   Deanna Wright
Vice-Secretary:   Wanda Jones
Treasurer:   Hloniphile Mkoko-Lee
Sergeant-at-Arms:   Chineze Omekam

Past Presidents
Evelyn Lieb
Robert Banks
Melinda Montgomery (two terms)
Nelisa Ballosingh (two terms)
Shanese Watts
Larry Villegas
Regina Mousa

Faculty Advisor:   Psychology Professor Dr. Kathleen H. Dockett, Ed.D.
Student Advisor/Past President:   Melinda Montgomery

Educational Activities: Symposia/Seminars/Exhibits/Preventive Interventions for the UDC Community

  • Black and Blue: Depression in the African American Community
  • Childhood Depression
  • The Psychology of Evil and Enemy Images
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder of African American Slavery
  • Transcendental Meditation
  • Psychological Healing from Hurricane Katrina: Impact of Racism, Classism, and Cultural Mistrust
  • Workshop on How to Build Peace – Training New Activists in Peace-building Processes and Actions
  • DC Earth Charter Community Summit and Seeds of Change Exhibit
  • Finding Your Happiness Quotient
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legend of Building Peace – international touring exhibit
  • Semester-long HIV/AIDS Educational Awareness Preventive Initiative and Research Project
  • Social Justice Movie Series—Mooz_Lum; The Other City (HIV in DC); No! The Rape Documentary

PsySRProfessional Development Activities

Participation in professional conferences as presenter and/or chair

  • PsySR Rethinking Gender and War (2003)
  • Conference for the International Study of Languages and Culture (2003)
  • PsySR 2-day CEU workshop- International Humanitarian Assistance at UDC (2005)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) (2004, 2005, 2007, 2011)
  • Capitol Area Social Psychology (CASPA)
  • Eastern Psychological Association (Society for Community Research and Action at EPA) (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability Workshop
  • Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) (2011)

Research Project: HIV-AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors –a random sample survey of UDC students (2010)

Publications: PsySR Newsletter, Peace Psychology Newsletter, Living Buddhism journal, APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs Booklet, UDC Trilogy newspaper, and Eastern Psychological Association Conference Proceedings, Association of Black Psychologists News Journal.

Co-hosted national and local conferences at UDC: (1) two national conferences of Psychologists for Social Responsibility including International Humanitarian Assistance for Trauma Victims Conference; (2) three Earth Charter Community Summits; (3) Capitol Area Social Psychology (CASPA) Annual Meeting.

Community Service

  • Thanksgiving Food Drives and Christmas Toy Drives for: (1) UDC Child Development Center (2003-04); (2) Ramona’s Way program for abused addicted women and their children (2005-06); (3) N Street Village Women’s Shelter (2008).
  • Voter Registration Drive (2008)
  • Fund raisers such as selling peace wristbands inscribed with “PsySSR-UDC Create Peace with Justice”, to fund community activities.
  • “De-Stress” Booth for National Stress Awareness Month (2008).